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Gusting winds and heavy rains grounded ferry travels between the main islands today, Thursday 16 January 2020.

Safety concerns for the travelling public and the crew forced the Samoa Shipping Corporation to cancel all travels.

The 5.00am weather advisory from the Met Office for the day noted an  ‘….active convergence zone continues to remain within the vicinity of Samoa with heavy downpour and gusty activities.’

The Seventh Day Adventist Church College, Lalovaea, school dux award of 2019 went to 18-year-old Commerce student, Angellyn Fa’aleiua.

Her coveted academic award was presented at the school prize giving today at Lalovaea.

 The annual end of the year event was postponed from last year 2019 by the measles epidemic and it was combined from primary up to the college levels.

Samoa Rugby Union is determined to increase women’s participation in rugby around the country, in keeping with World Rugby edict of actively promoting and improving women’s rugby around the rugby playing world.

With that in mind, SRU rugby development division, has this week called for entries for its first women’s tournament for the start of the decade.

After twenty years, Brother Kevin O`Malley returns to Samoa. He has been appointed President of St. Joseph`s College, as well as the CEO of the College`s Governance Board.  Initially the positions will be on a part-time basis until his current contract with the Catholic Education Office in American Samoa is completed in early July, 2020.

A combined team of Samoan overseas general practitioners, surgeons and anesthetists, mostly from New Zealand, are rounding up their final week of a two weeks voluntary help out at the TTM Hospital to give the local staff a working break.

Consulting surgeon in Adelaide, Australia, Leafitaitu Dr Jimmy Eteuati is at the 7-member team

His team is the second to follow in on a two weeks voluntary work arrangement under the Samoan Doctors Worldwide Volunteer Service (SDWVS).



 Teaching the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the focus of a week- long Worship Centre World Wide Holy Ghost Conference being held this week.

The Conference was opened last Sunday evening and will close on Sunday  evening this week.



This year it was the turn of the four divisions (pitonu’u) of the village of Sapapalii to perform on the celebration of Fathers’ Day Sunday services.

The EFKS Church at Sapapalii was packed last Sunday as the village came together to celebrate Father’s Day.


The rush by Father’s Day holiday makers to catch the first ferry out of Salelologa Wharf to Mulifanua was not for the faint-hearted, with the rough pushing and elbowing for a place on the boat, yesterday morning.

In many of the cases closely observed by travellers, respect for the elders by the young was lost in the urgent jostle for spots.


By ILesatele



Vendors selling fruits and vegetables in the municipal and road side markets are critical to consumers’ access to these products and there is a strong need for assistance to these people.



Owners of private car parking lots around central Apia are bracing for the added stress of policing against hunters of free space to avoid parking meters.

 But many of the owners admit the problem is not new.

Apia has had parking problems for sometime now, and having parking meters to bring it under control has long been anticipated as inevitable.



A Samoan police officer was the top Coast Guard student in an international  training he attended.

Constable Silivelio Lui received the Outstanding Students Award in a US Coast Guard Training he attended in the United States.

 The long Father’s Day weekend started off on a sad note with two deaths from separate incidents the police were called in to attend last Friday.

Tragedy struck early Friday morning at 9.30am when a 17 year old teenage girl allegedly fell off a moving bus at Solosolo village.

“She was seriously injured and was transported to the Moto’otua Hospital. On Saturday the Traffic Unit was notified that she has passed away,” an official police statement reported.        


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After being targeted by an ongoing avalanche of online abuse Samoan writer Lani Wendt Young claims police told her there was nothing to be done and that "even the FBI can't make Facebook do anything".

Young, who lives in Auckland and Samoa, is the author of nine books including the young adult series Telesa.


By Tina Mata'afa-Tufele


In a nod to independent monitoring of elections, Samoa will again welcome a team from the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat when elections are hosted in 2021.

This was confirmed by Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio.

"They sent a team two years ago to conduct observation of our elections," Faimalomatumua told Newsline Samoa.



  Much may have been said about China’s influence in the Forum Island States, but nobody seems to what to want to address it directly, in the lead up to Friday’s Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting at the Taumeasina Island Resort.

The Secretary General of the  Forum Secretariat pointed to the division in loyalties by member countries that involves China and Taiwan, as the reason.



Well-known Samoan professor, researcher and scholar Tagaloatele Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, has been named Commissioner to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Commissioner for Social Sciences with New Zealand's National Commission for UNESCO role is the latest distinction for the  accomplished academic, the first person to serve as Professor of Pacific Studies at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).



The Samoa Rugby Union are concerned that a recent social media campaign by Dan Leo, could potentially damage the hard work they have undertaken for a seat on the World Rugby Council.




Nauru is “on target” to host Pacific leaders next month and as the nation moves forward with its preparations, President Baron Waqa remains firm on his decision to ban ABC from covering the event Sept. 3-6.

“We’re on target. All preparations are progressing well and come first week of September we will accept and receive all delegations to the Pacific,” Waqa told reporters Friday.



By ILesatele


Avalua Atina’e is a farmer and she enjoys it.

She and her parents are farmers at Faleasiu. She joined her parents after leaving school in Year Eleven and taking jobs in shops and a wholesale in Apia.

The 21 year old found the money she was earning small and did not finance any family developments, so she decided to help her parents on their four acre farm of vegetables, fruits and root crops and she has come to love it.


The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) in partnership with the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) will organise the second Pacific Tourism Insights Conference (PTIC) in Apia, Samoa on October 3, 2018.

The event, generously hosted by the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA), brings together a dynamic and unique line up of international thought leaders recognised for their success and expertise in innovative and disruptive thinking.


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